Manchester United morning headlines as Timo Werner backed for transfer
Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Monday, 25 May.by Karl Matchett
Hargreaves says Werner should look for game time at Old Trafford, not Anfield
Timo Werner is one of the most in-demand players in the Bundesliga and another hat-trick at the weekend, taking his season tally to the 30-goal mark, will only have increased the admiration of his talents around the rest of Europe.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for the Germany international, but BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves has his doubts over whether the RB Leipzig man would get in the team straight away — and should consider alternative destinations as a result.
"Well, he's not going to get past Bobby Firmino, who is one of my favourite players to watch," Hargreaves said while commentating on Werner’s game at the weekend.
"I think that's the thing. Wherever he goes, he has to play. With the way (Manchester) United play right now, I could see him there. They need a number nine.”
Giggs and Rooney agree Van Gaal was tactically better than Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson brought unparalleled success to United, and Wayne Rooney says he was “streets ahead” of any other manager overall — but on a tactical level, Louis van Gaal was Rooney’s pick.
Ryan Giggs has now told United’s official club website that he understands where Rooney was coming from, and that he has a point regarding the two bosses' different approaches .
“I understand what Wayne was saying,” said Giggs
“Obviously we both worked under Sir Alex who I’ve known since I was 13. Sir Alex had everything – man-management, discipline, standards, tactics, knowing a player… but with him, because we had such good players who had been together for a long time, you’d just go out and play. You knew your role, it was just a matter of just tweaking it.
"It was about getting an understanding of the different ways to play. So I know what Wayne was saying because Louis worked a lot more on the training pitch with regards to patterns of play and tactical work.”
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Zlatan impact similar to Michael Jordan, says Lingard
Jesse Lingard has been watching The Last Dance on Netflix and says the story of Michael Jordan reminded him of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s impact at United.
Lingard labelled Jordan’s story “inspiring” and says there are similarities between the mindset portrayed by the NBA legend and that of the Swedish icon when he moved to Old Trafford.
“As soon as he came to Man Utd you could feel that aura around him,” the United midfielder told BeIN Sports .
“He had that winning mentality and that drove us, motivated us to win trophies. Not many people have had that effect. He had that raw winning mentality, he’d played at big clubs before and had that winning mentality.”
Ibrahimovic moved to MLS with LA Galaxy after United, but has now returned to Europe with AC Milan.